Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 16: Monday Jan 16

Piccadilly (Dupont, 1929):
The Sun & Thirteen Cantons,
21 Gt. Pulteney St, W1F 9NG, 7pm


This is a Society Film Club @ Sanctum Soho screening and you can find out more about the people behind the club here. The Society Film Club put on a great night and that there couldn't be a better place to see a movie set in Soho than in the heart of Soho.

This features a stunning performance by lead star Anna May Wong. Don't take my word for it - read the excellent Silent London blog:

"Anna May Wong fans rejoice . . . here comes an outing for one of her most famous films – and one of the best London-set silents. Piccadilly (1929) is a fantastic film, directed by German director E A Dupont and set in a glamorous, jazzy West End nightclub. Anna May Wong plays Shosho, a dishwasher who is “discovered” while dancing on the kitchen sink, and whose sensual routines propel her to fame as the club’s lead dancer. She wins the heart of the nightclub’s owner too, which provokes his ex (Gilda Gray) to become dangerously jealous. Anna May Wong is absolutely stunning in the film, which has been recently restored by the BFI, preserving the original’s striking blue and amber tinting and making the most of its proto-noir photography. This is a film you’ll really love, I’m sure."

Here is an extract.

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